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't enough flag officers who are women. all of this is related, ultimately. we need to see change in which so many more women are entering the military and 6 to 7% of the marines are not female but moving forward a quarter or a third and maybe even more eventually. we see it at that rate beyond 20% where climates start to shift when it comes to discrimination. that's what we need to aim for. you can't isolate women from all of these positions and expect your institution to treat servicemembers fairly. everyone suffers as a result. >> and does swan have metrics that show overall career impact to servicemembers who have been subjected to sexual assault? how many of those who report assault choose to remain in the military, and how many get out because of the trauma they've experienced? are those numbers that have been collected? >> not my knowledge. we have been in discussions with several congressional office the about discussing the retention issue alone. to my knowledge, the military is not yet at least suffering or recruitment crisis when it comes to, you know, more americans learning about
rapid technological change and investments. and, you know, i have to say i think part of it is the public's deep-seeded unease with robots. i mean, this goes back to the hal -- [inaudible] and a few other things we remember from our childhood. and, of course, political theater it was, but senator rand paul's filibuster really, i think, did to some degree muddy public understanding of the domestic uses of uas. so we don't do ourselves any favors either from an industry standpoint when we keep changing the names. i could go around this room, and i bet everyone here could come up with a different one. uas, uav, rpv. and now, get this, the latest one? uninhabited aerial vehicles? oh, come on. sexism? give me a break. [laughter] i think our speakers will shed light, though, on some of the more important of uas concern. i'm so delighted that from california frank pace was willing and able to come in, the president and ceo of general b atomics. and, of course, the developer of the predator, among other very leading aircraft in this area. what i really think about it, and i th
become a movement, you can try to change with the government or negotiate with the government. deps on your strategy. start small, focus, build around local nonpolitical issues, which is where you learn the technology of nonviolent struggle. then you achieve a little victory. then the people start joining because the people who join the things which are successful. and if you are branded well and know how to communicate, you have a movement, and then see how the government will deal with it, because the more oppressive government is, the less space for use of the suppression. because they already are using every single way of censorship, and they're, after 30 years, i don't find them very flexible in dealing with the new ways of protesting. the more closed the system, the more oppressive regime, the less flexible. really flexible regimes are not the most -- when you look at the really flexible regimes who learned fast, like the one in venezuela or russia, they're not north koreas them real problem with north korea, once they're there, they're cemented in their own little thing. so w
senators across the senate are women. just recognize that, again, this has been really a significant change, and our motivation, of course, is to reach the best and brightest, retain the best human capital we can find across the enterprise. can i have the next slide, please. same-sex benefits. this is an issue that, frankly, interesting time. i look at -- i look at how it's playing out in washington, and i think this is kind of showing me what's going to happen here ahead. you know, we had the repeal of don't ask, don't tell back in the fall of 2011, and it was pretty much a nonevent. people said, oh, it's going to be a change, it's going to be significant, just an upheaval of massive social proportions. it's been known of that. we knew that. we knew that going in, that, look, the generation you represent, this is nothing. you all understood this for a long time, but it's not about who you are with, but about the quality of the person you are. we see that play out. it's been an interesting change to see the follow-up from that. not withstanding the don't ask, don't tell policy and opening o
are just not compatible. we've made a lot of recommendations about what, changing the culture. that was left for nasa to do at their own pace. ra remain committed that they are just as important as the return to flight recommendations and as a matter of principle for the future of designing any spacecraft that the principles are applicable this you cannot allow the guy that is responsible for the scheduled cost and payload to trade engineering safety insurance you just cannot run a risky enterprise not just shovels that anybody so that's all i'm going to say. that is kind of up in the clouds of where we were and then we shredded it down to writing specifics so people could understand and take actions on. we don't want to write something that was so generic you can use it. but we had overarching philosophical viewpoint that for example the management of the space shuttle program was so inappropriate that if you didn't lose the shuttle next week he would lose it next month. the program was incapable of managing a risky enterprise and so then we shredded it down to other things.
: are there any senators in the chamber wishing to vote or change their vote? the presiding officer: on this vote the yeas are 45, the nays are 54. under the previous order requiring 60 votes for the adoption of this amendment, the amendment is not agreed to. ms. mikulski: move to reconsider. mr. mccain: move to lay on the table. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. brown: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from ohio. mr. brown: i ask unanimous consent to speak up to two minutes and after my remarks the senior senator from arizona be recognized. the presiding officer: is there objection? is there objection to the modified request? without objection. mr. brown: madam president, thank you. i want to not yet call up, i've been working with chairwoman mikulski on this until they get an agreement but i'll just discuss for a moment amendment 83 i'm cosponsoring with senator isakson of georgia. it really does help us restore as chairmanwoman mikulski has been working towards, regular order in this chamber. this is an amendment having to do with some chang dealing -- language de
have got to change the trajectory of this country. we capital sustain ourselves if we go to $20 trillion, $20 trillion debt. whether you're a democrat, republican, libertarian, whatever you are, independent, you should want a strong monetary policy and a strong economic policy. and we have got a few more years left, and this is a good start right here in the senate if we can get this bill up and pass it and the house will do something. we will fund the government until september 30, which we are supposed to do. that way we can start on the 14 budget -- the 2014 budget and maybe go to regular order is what we would like in the appropriation process and not go from crisis to crisis. what we have done in the house and the senate and the white house is involved in this, too, in recent years, we have gone from -- lurched from crisis to crisis, and then we come up to the deadline and people say oh, we have got to have certainty, so we kick the can down the road just a few more yards, but that's not the way to do business. this country is too important. the business community needs cer
unanimous consent the statement in opposition to tsa's announced change to the prohibited item list that the committee received from the transport unions worker and delta airlines be inserted into the record along with public statements opposing the changes by the coalition of airline pilots association, the association of flight attendants, the american federation of government employees, and the federal law enforcement officers association. >> no objections been good afternoon, administrator pistole. after september 11, 0 planes have been taken down by sharp objects where sharp objects would've been used to my understanding, they're been through a dense as well. spent there was one attempt at hijacking internationally but if you talk about domestically, to have been through. internationally there was one attempting to thousand and. it was a plastic knife. >> and also, zero major stabbing issues with sharp objects. >> zero that i am aware of. >> for me then, that begs the question that we will look at the number of attempts or successes that have taken place involving sharp objects
. they're supportive of these big changes and clear goals and will be partnering with them to form donor councils that will help raise the money needed for implementation of these goals. i want to insure that we're spending the money wisely, so we'll foster competition among vendors and providers to get the best and brightest talent on our side. this is just the beginning of an unprecedented effort. the learning process doesn't stop today. this is day one. we're going to continue the listening sessions, and we're going to keep making adjustments. in the last two years, we've overcome some pretty tough challenges at the rnc; rebuilding a broken committee, raising the money needed to serve our nominee was just the beginning. we'll bring that same spirit to meeting the challenges of the coming years. today we mark a fresh beginning. it's about winning elections. but more importantly, it's because we believe america deserves better than what we have today. better than a big, bloated federal government and the same old one-size-fits-all bureaucracy. better education, better health care, bette
is that there are certain times you can change people's minds. as a heart surgeon i don't have a lot of control what people do after the surgery. i've already done my work and they are on their way. i long ago pledged i would never operate on smokers, and i don't. and i don't say that because i dislike smokers. i say because i care about them. but i tell them is when you come to see me if you don't stop smoking you obviously don't value this process we aren't going to go ahead. but i can work with you and we can get you to stop. now is our moment of change. i don't remember feeling in that endeavor. people don't realize the success rate for stopping is about 5% if you do it on your own, cold turkey. you can do it but it's 5%. if you use appropriate mechanisms including medications, it's closer to 45%. and smokers begin to think that it differently. the key message -- and i'm going to come back to this because it's important for us -- the reason they do this is because you need to care about yourself the way we care about you. that changes the dynamic of the message energetically people are hearing. it's no
of that year which then changed the california constitution to eliminate that california supreme court decision. in the interim 18,000 same-sex couples got married in california. the first challenge was to whether or not proposition 8 was really a revision of the california constitution and had to go through the legislature, the california supreme court said, no, no, no, it's an amendment to the constitution, so challenge, a challenge to proposition 8 under the california constitutioning is not going to work pause -- constitution is not going to work because it's an amendment to the constitution. .. intervened in the case. now, at that point the attorney general mcgovern was still parties to the case. they were defendants in the case so that was a clear case or controversy. they were enforcing the law and the interveners, therefore, could piggyback on the standing of the actual parties. when the decision came down we had a 12 day trial, with evidence from all kinds of experts and plaintiffs and other individuals. the district judge found proposition eight unconstitutional on the grounds that we
for investment to come in. and we have affected a lot of changes of our laws. a lot of strengthening of institutions, and a lot of adoption of fiscal measures that have given signals out that we are stabilizing the economy and we are preparing it for adequate investments. and these have been recognized by the world bank, also one of the 10 top reformers in the world in terms of -- [applause] we have also in the process attracted investments in the region's upon millions and millions of dollars. these investments are now changing the agriculture and mining sectors. so a lot of things that could indicate there is a need for us to continue with the democratic process. and when there is a moccasin stability, it will open up investment opportunities. and that is where we are as a nation you. that is why we now believe that sierra leone is no longer a country of a flawed diamond studded snow for in the past. sierra leone is now an investment destination. sierra leone is the place to do business. this is been recognized by the world bank, the imf. last year, our economy was referred to as t
communities warn of the threats posed by climate change to national security and international stability. economists recognize the distortion of energy markets that overlook the true cost of carbon pollution, and government accountants now list climate change as a threat to our fiscal stability. now, today, as we enter the passover and easter season and as catholics the world over celebrate the selection of a new pope, we turn to voices of faith. they, too, call upon us. they call upon us to heed the moral imperatives of protecting creation and seeking justice for all people. they call upon us to reflect on our faith, on our relationship to our world and each other and on our responsibility to future generations. and they call upon us as president obama reminded us in his inaugural address to preserve our planet commanded to our care by god. i lay no claim to religious authority, but i must believe this -- something that harms others, something that disturbs god's creation, something that stands on lies and greed, protecting that must not be consistent with god's will. in his 2010 world
and difficult and constantly changing in the general ugliness of american life, must in turn be translated and interpreted and applied to our armed forces. and while it is sometimes true that the political decision, the social policy decisions, the legal or constitutional decisions that emerges in the civilian arena is transferred in exactly the same manner to all military. there are times when it is not. there are times when the particular necessities of national security, or the particular intensity of the organization and values and mission of the military requires some adjustments of rules that we would adopt in the civilian sphere that cannot be adopted, lock, stock and barrel in exactly the same way in the context of our military. we are all deeply grateful to the armed forces of the united states and to those who have served this over the centuries, not just for all that have done, but for the extraordinary commitment over history like many ups and downs, powerful powerful commitment to our fundamental values, to our commitment to the rule of law, to our conception of due process an
and that is i am thinking of prefiguring some memories and the problem it doesn't change much over 40 or 40 years. it's more pressing now and that it's been around for a long time and there were two things. 1i went to and the other i read many years ago that i thought were useful in this respect. one, chief justice burger used to have williamsburg conferences where he would invite members of congress, their staff as well as their judges to discuss all kinds of issues of interest in the judiciary of less interest in congress but some more interested and one year this was the subject, exactly this subject of how could you make the judiciary more efficient and people have a range of papers. testing, all sorts of ideas and i think that it would be perhaps interesting for you or your staff to read. the affair was lee campbell judging the first circuit was on a commission or head of the commission called the judiciary of the future or something and that was written probably 20 years ago in the east sometime and they were considering different ways of restructuring other reforms if the judiciary c
't seem to be worried. at least they isn't through the day of october 5th. that changed overnight on the 5th and the 6th and i heard from a pretty well plugged in person in the policy part of this, is that the israelis would know if there was going to be a war because they had great intelligence and they had a source high up in egypt, and they didn't -- i didn't know who it was at that time. israelys have now said -- not total yunnan him inity on this but the people i take seriously say they recruited a very high-ranking egyptian, he happened to be former president nassar's son-in-law, which makes it even more interesting, and that they were quite sure that if this was for real, they would hear from him, which they did, on october 4th he demanded a meeting in london with their military intelligence. military intelligence flew to london. was debriefed by him. went back to israel, reported to the prime minister, and that's what changed their perception so that the next day, we got the message from golda meir, there is going to be war and it's going to happen by the end of they today. and tha
nation's national cemeteries. [cheers and applause] our country is changing, and it's my hope and expectation that other loving couples will see their union in such a way very soon. i recall during the last few months of nancy's life when she was on oxygen, she could move only with great difficulty between the bed and a couch, and she said to me, linda, some people would look at me and they would say, why do you continue this struggle wax you have no quality of life. she said, when i was younger i might have said the same thing, seeing somebody like me. but when your circumstances change, your perspective changes, too. she said, my quality of life is looking at you. my quality of life is sharing our memories together. it's living in the homes that we created together. that's my quality of life, and that's worth fighting for. [cheers and applause] that's the kind of love that nancy and i shared. we shared hopes and dreams, and health care struggles. we were there for each other in sickness and in health. we tried very, very hard to grow old together. we were together for 17 yea
objective change several times in one night; nor are these questions one of a legal nature, by the way. judges are accustomed to making legal determinations based on a defined, subtle set of facts, a picture already painted, not a moving target, which is what we are literally talking about here. these are not one time only judgments, and we want military and national security officials to continually assess and reassess these two questions up until the last minute before an operation. if these types of continuing re assessments must be submitted to the article 3 branch of the government for evaluation, i believe we compromise our government's ability to conduct these operations effectively. the costs will outweigh the benefits, and in that event, i believe we'll also discourage the type of continueed reevaluation i'm referring to. that leads to question whether the objective is, in fact, a senior leader of al-qaeda plotting to kill americans. of those i have identified, this one is actually the simpest and most sphraight -- straightforward, but it's the only one to be referred to a cou
of the changes in medicare advantage was to cut out that 14% bump that they had over and above medicare fee-for-service as a result of the 2003 prescription drug bill? >> before the affordable care act, we estimated that the plan average subsidies for about 14% greater than fee-for-service on average we estimate today in 2013 that difference now is 4 percent. to be phased out even further, many told us and i think told this committee -- >> is that 4 percent given the reductions that you've just announced or that you are planning to announce? >> that's current rates. so the 2014 still proposed, but on average we are paying 4%, so they reduction has been taken from 13% down to 4%. at the same time we have seen double-digit growth in the the plans we have seen double-digit decreases in the premiums. the quality is improving and that's a great sign that we can reduce the payment system to in some quality and continue to see growth in the program. we have proposed race for 2014 -- >> we are going to break away from the last few minutes of this program to take you live to an even at the center fo
mandate change to routine operations. so it's one thing that the information exists, but the lack of a communication ability to translate that is a significant deficit. for highly uncommon events such as an asteroid fly-by, there's simply no established communication mechanism. i believe our flight operations team learned of da-14 when they received a courtesy call from a colleague at the aerospace corporation. last year the commercial satellite industry participated in dod's war games designed to exercise dod thinking about the deployment of its terrestrial and space assets in response to a conflict situation. last year those games concluded, as they have several times in the past, that dod relies on commercial satellite companies -- their reliance is considerable and that a crisis is the wrong time to try to establish clear lines of communication with your major partners and suppliers. i suspect the same conclusion can be safely applied to the topics that we're discussing today. while governments were first to send satellites to near-earth space, commercial enterprise will be th
or through the referendum process. we have all three. the effect of civil marriage does not any way change whether the photographer could be sued or not sued. finally, whatever i think we do legally there are going to be people -- we live in a will tick use society. people will bring lawsuits if they are unhappy about something. that absolutely -- without question be discouraged. i think we ought to be thinking about the context it comes up. a debate about civil marriage doesn't affect that particular question as evidenced by where it happened. >> i should add that i believe cato is participating in an amicus brief in the new mexico case on behalf of the photographer. >> it was argued two weeks ago. we are waiting for an opinion. for those interested in the area i have written at some length nearly all the horror stories that come up. come up in states that didn't have same-sex marriage laws. the problem is -- with the tendency of discrimination law. yes. fourth row. >> two brief questions. the first, is in certain states you have common law marriage, does the state have the right to decla
that produce long-term benefits and address changing circumstances. for more advanced tanks and aircraft to faster communications and lighter armor. we have to innovate now in order for our military to have the capabilities to protect our nation. we need to make the same kind of investments now in our military's long-term energy needs. already the research and deployment of alternative energy is benefiting our long-term capabilities, improving troop safety and making security operations more affordable. in fact, just last summer, at the rim of the pacific exercise, rim pac, the u.s. navy demonstrated its great green fleet with surface combatants and aircraft using advanced biofuels for the first time. this exercise, the largest international exercise in the world, proved that our military platforms can use this fuel. prior to this exercise, navy secretary ray mabus said of the biodemonstration -- quote -- "the navy always led the nation in transforming the way we use energy not because it's popular, but because it makes us better war fighters." end quote. clearly continuing to support th
's the bottom line. i'm a fighter by nature in my greek heritage, and unfortunately the process has changed in the united states senate. it's no longer reconciling differences. it's either side has the possession and generally reflected as a party position. once that fails it means they don't move to try to resolve those differences. they become irreconcilable. the question is how do you pass those differences and that is a fundamental problem that has occurred in the united states senate and you have more lawmakers in the house and the senate in fact there are 43 new senators since 2008 and then you have to 2014 he election over 50 percent. so many haven't been a part of the legislative body and are not even familiar on how to make the law starting to go to the floor and you know schoolhouse rock hill a bill becomes law and a reminder of the how it works because it is true we don't have an amendment process or committee process. everything has broken down. so i came to the sad conclusion that it needs to be taken outside and that's why we have to demand the public to change and rewarded th
of the issue, and it's still a huge issue of the invasion in iraq so if you want to change that, you need, first of all, the instruments because if you have the common instruments, then you are obliged to do so, but then very much in favor to go in that -- in that direction. maybe they already show that where we do nothing at all, what is a shameful moment, that we are not capable of developing whatsoever, policy, and then deficit and democracy that's through. we have a whole system, vams, a procedure how to tackle problems with a lack of democracy inside the union, that's inside the lisbon treaty. they are in my opinion, far too complicated with too high thresholds before the union, in fact, can act four-fifth majority before you can denounce a number of things on that issue, so i believe that we have to develop that faze fast as possible, and that we need to have the courage to tackle that because that's a problem. we have an intergovernmental system, and you know how it's working in an intergovernmental system. i explained it a little bit making a completely idiotic comparison with the
officer: anyone wishing to vote or change their vote? if not, on this vote the ayes are 91. the nays are zero. the nomination is confirmed. under the previous order, the motions to reconsider be considered made and laid on the table. the president will be immediately notified of the senate's action and the senate will resume legislative session. mrs. boxer: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from california. mrs. boxer: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the senate proceed to a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak for up to ten minutes each. and i would ask unanimous consent that i may speak up to 20 minutes. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mrs. boxer: mr. president, as we all come back -- i would ask that there be order in the senate, if i could. mr. president, i would ask that there be order in the chamber. the presiding officer: the senate will come to order. mrs. boxer: mr. president, one of the virtues of traveling back home is to hear what the people are saying about us. and it isn't good. and the people are o
for that question, i would say that it's going to be very hard to enforce this regime to change its behavior in return for, because, and to give up its nuclear weapons because among other things that's what gadhafi did. the sense of gadhafi's past being visited him notwithstanding his promise communism is change in behavior, he did not have nuclear weapons and is no longer with us. that's a good thing, except it is the extent it shows the north koreans that, what can happen. with that, why don't i hear from the witnesses. can you try to tell me, roughly in terms of billions of dollars, how that money shakes down? does anybody have an answer? dr. li? >> as you know, it's very hard in numbers. there have been reports over the years that north korea makes several hundreds of millions of dollars in sales of weapons. >> so less than a billion but hundreds of million? >> less than a billion. the north korean economy is responding terms of per capita gdp. it's one of the lowest in the world. the only country in the asia-pacific that has a smaller economy in terms of per capital gdp is burma. it com
future weapons to prevent gun manufacturers from evading the ban by silva changing the name of the weapon, or a physical characteristic of the weapon. we try to learn from the last bill and refine this bill to avoid the problem of gun manufacturers simply getting around the bill. the features that we use were originally developed for military weapons for one reason, to make the weapon more effective and efficient at killing people in combat situations. as chief flynn of the milwaukee police department testified last week, and i quote, assault weapons are built to inflict violence against humans. their military characteristics are not simply cosmetic in nature. these weapons are designed to combat. i've watched even police department get outgunned. in a nine years i was mayor of san francisco, we started out with police issues being a .38 caliber revolver. we've seen that escalate. we've seen shotguns being removed from squad cars and replaced with assault weapons. why? because of an increasingly armed criminal element that police often have to go up against. i watched as the los angeles p
radical change. in washington, d.c. we've sort of had this gridlock where good ideas get put forward, and they go to the senate to die, or the president can veto them. it's difficult for the republicans with obama as president and the democrats in the senate to even get votes on good ideas. in other words, we're now finally getting the democrats in the senate to write a budget which for 1418 days, four years, they never wrote a budget. how do you campaign against democrats in the senate if they don't even write down what they're for? so there are differences in how you structure. i think there's a lot to be learned from republican successes with governors like walker in wisconsin who made dramatic changes on the cost of government, government-run pensions, the unionized government work force and bobby jindal with school choice. he's planning this year to abolish the corporate and individual income tax, moving in a very different direction than the national democrats want to and winning elections with that approach. so there's a lot to be learned both by the failure of the romney camp
and their budget through that electronic method of payment? and how might the strategies and inform changes perhaps at the federal, with federal government payments? we are excited about moving this conversation forward, coordinating with partners across government, and working with industry and the consumer advocacy community to explore new opportunities in this space. so i'm not going to close. i'm sure joe is ready for us to move on, i want to him by calling out our commitment to looking around the bend at what's coming, how the landscape of consumer financial services is changing, and how policy and regulations can help to enhance and encourage innovations that are ultimately empowering. i think there many reasons to be optimistic about the prospects of increased financial inclusion, from innovative financial service providers who are designing new and dynamic products, to the continued march of technology which is constantly reshaping the link between families and their finances. there's a lot of potential. so thank you for having me here today. looking forward to our conversation. >> as the p
the entitlements without change, the cost of health care would lead us to further bankruptcy in america. they are addressing it, as we should. while protecting the integrity of the programs, they're finding ways to save money to reach the goal. wouldn't this be a great debate to have on the floor of the senate, to have that budget resolution before us, to actually have some votes on amendments? well, it would be. but, unfortunately, because of the objection of several republican senators, we can't get to it. so the clock is continuing to turn, and we're watching the hours slip away. and now we're facing the possibility of a weekend session because one or two senators don't want to bring this matter to a vote. that's unfortunate. maybe they're right to exercise that kind of power in the senate, but it isn't fair. it isn't fair to this institution or to the american people who count on us to do more than just waste time on the senate floor. they count on us to use our time to solve problems. so i urge my colleagues on the republican side who are holding up these votes, who are engaged in
when you're president barack obama cannot deal himself with climate change, cannot settle himself trade agreements with, for example, china, what chances are there for any single european country to achieve this, on its own. and more over, i'm always giving the example of what should be the g8 in 30 years from now, in 2040, something like that. g8 shelby japan, china, india, brazil, russia. six names now, in the last few shelby indonesia and mexico. with one single european country. nevertheless, i think the challenges are huge. it is societies at stakes, our principles, our way of life that counts in this world of tomorrow. and i think it's certainly necessary that the two big continental blocks, europe and the u.s., are working together. one-seventh of the world population, still 60% of world gdp. also two continents that share the same freedom. but let me return to my initial question. what went really wrong in european union? well, i think that mainly we talk about our problems we have to talk about the eurozone, where we made by establishing this eurozone a number of fundamental mi
. there was a sea change going on, ladies and gentlemen, people are claiming to ride public transportation. we look at the result of that is not just the people that are getting on our trains and buses, that are showing up in record numbers. it's the ladies and gentlemen and of our country that are going to our polls and the communities. they were 62 local transit tax initiatives in this nation less you. 49 of those past. nearly 80% passage rate. at a time when we hear that can't raise taxes, people won't support increases and invest in our infrastructure. nearly 80% of the communities that were asked, will you vote for public transportation, they said yes. and that is an outstanding -- absolutely give that a round of applause. [applause] that 80% passage rate is the highest rate we've seen since apta and the center for transportation tracking these numbers back in 2000. people trust you. they believe in what you are doing. they know when they invest their dollars in public transportation you will do the right things, you will put good service out there, you'll make their communities a better place
qaeda and terrorism as a criminal threat. after 9/11 we changed our model. the attacks of 9/11 were viewed as an act of war and we authorized military force to go after al qaeda and affiliates. by allowing us to use the law of war model regarding al qaeda operatives from 9/11 forward, we can now hold them as enemy combatants. and under the law of war -- i've been a military lawyer for 30 years -- there is no miranda right component. if you're captured as an enemy prisoner, you're not read your rights, you're not provided a lawyer. when a commander hears that we have a high-value member of the enemy in our custody, the first thing the commander wants to know is what intelligence have you gathered. the last thing on the commander's mind is, where are you going to prosecute them. so when you're fighting a washing the purpose of -- of winning -- fighting a war, the purpose of interrogating an enemy prisoner is to find out information about enemy activities so we can win the war and protect our troops. in criminal law, the purpose is to convict somebody for a ciel. under criminal law, do
balancing the budget. and, in fact, because it makes no changes in the drivers of our debt, the big entitlement programs, the big welfare programs, the interest on the debt, none of those are constrained by this budget, we know the next ten years that are outside the budget window will even be worse. they will be on an unsustainable course accelerating even off the course we're on today, which is unsustainable. so i am really disappointed. everybody that's been involved, everybody that's participated, whether it's a gang of six, a committee of 12, as our chairman did, the fiscal commission, all of those who participated know that the nearly 60% of the money the government is now spending, social security, medicare, medicaid, interest on the debt, food stamps, those programs are out of control. they are entitlements, meaning we have set up legal standards that if those standards are met, you walk into the government office and demand the money, and they have to give it to you, and if they don't, you sue the government. i'm 68 years old. i want my social security check. we can't say w
the answer to your question i believe is going to change depending on whether the justification for the strike is self-defense whether is, in fact, clear i in the threat to u.s. persons or u.s. interests, hostage situation, or an operation that takes place not as part of self-defense but as part of the broader -- between a stick and a con in those parts of the world with our active combat operations. i do believe we will have very different answers to your questions depend on which category we are talking about. >> the chair now recognizes the ranking member of the constitution subcommittee, and the gentleman from new york, mr. nadler for five minutes. >> i thank you, chairman. my first question, i must give credit to david cohen, i would just read the question he posed. imagine that russian president vladimir putin had use remote-control drones armed with missiles to kill thousands of quote unquote enemies throughout asia and eastern europe. imagine further that putin received a note any of the killing and so this would in general terms that he had the right to kill anyone who
umbrella brought to asia. but what has been the norm for generations is now starting to change. perhaps the catalyst of this change is the perception, either rightly or wrongly, that the balance of power in asia is undergoing a once in a lifetime transformation. what we are seeing is that asia's collective attention is gradually shifting away from economic prosperity to, instead, security concerns. where nations used to focus on trade and commerce, i now they discuss nationalism. military budgets. and even provocative behavior. look no further than the territorial disputes in the east china and south china seas as prime examples. for these reasons we must shift away from the old approach which unnecessarily divided the region and separated economic engagement from our political engagement. the old way of doing business is not only cumbersome, but it is becoming less relevant. we must somehow find a way to reinvigorate our engagement of asia not for fear that we may be left out, but rather we must engage so that we can once again move the focus squarely back to economic prosper prosperit
is their refund or hey, my address is changed. they use all those same legitimate tools a taxpayer uses to try and game the system. it does take a while to sort that out unfortunately but, but, it is, there is a mechanism and it will get resolved. once you are identified as a victim of identity theft the irs is also assigning you something called an identity pin, or ip pin and what that does, now irs systems in order to file a tax return in the future, you have a pin number every year the irs will notify you in advance of filing season so that you will confirm not only the information that is on the tax return but you will confirm the piece of information the irs already sent you, regarding like a bank atm pin, if you will. >> before we wrap up, you want to just mention "the dirty dozen", pick out a couple that you think ought to be mentioned and at least reference it? >> sure, sure. each year the irs puts out a dozen tax schemes that the public should be aware of. these are schemes generally perpetrated on people trying to comply with the tax system and enterprising fraudsters figure out how
everybody is really interested in how you came in and fundamentally changed the character, the institution, and what it stood for and how it was going to function. and i think you should tell us about it. >> you're giving me a chance to be a modest,, and no, i think, i think the root cause of the situation back then was boeing had made a lot of acquisitions that have never been stitched together. so you had three or four different cultures, languages were different. the functional processes that protected the country, whether it's finance, h.r., legal, were not stitched together across the company of some mischief could happen. clarity on expectations of employees, not only their activities but their behavior was not as clear. so i think the first order of business was to decide what we wanted to be and how we wanted to be it. and that's sort of one conference room at a time, just moving around the company and deciding what the mission of the country come with a strategy of the company, and what we wanted to be, the six things that defined a boldly to come down from 161 and a police the li
american industries. the kind of changes we talk about can't be achieved without a digital medical records were busy quite quickly in that direction. thirdly, i do want to pay a special shout out to the safety net where problems particularly challenged. the public hospitals are probably the only places where value payment is enshrined in law and they will need particular support and help to get over the notion that moving to value-based payment is inevitably bad for them. i played to not only support the goals of cpr, but the 20% is actually achievable. as a catalyst's energy applied a system which went tickets going continues on its own without additional support. cpr is by no means the only thing happening here. patent reform is not the only thing, but in our view of the distal to the energy will be disclosed the achievable. thank you for all your work. >> thank you, dr. smith. now we can turn it to the audience and see what questions or comments you have. a microphone will be passed around so those listening online and on camera can hear you. if you please identify yourself, too. >> mik
arms embargo but i welcome the fact these changes were collectively agreed that eu foreign affairs council. those amendments were focused on the right to nonlethal equipment and technical assistance could be delivered to opposition forces. but mr. speaker, the work of the foreign office minister and the house on monday seem to add some confusion to an already complex issue. when addressing the house the minister said at a quote directly, this is not about lifting an arms embargo. mr. speaker, he then went on to say but the recent amendment to the existing eu arms embargo that it was about ensuring that all options are on the table. and that eu countries have mac the flexibility to provide -- with all necessary assistance to protect civilians. mr. speaker, a thing given the statements which is understandable that currently there's some confusion or the government's position that requires further clarification. so can the foreign secretary today seem -- say more about the next steps interested in his statement? can you confirm whether or not the government will be phishing for an eu
fired. one of the great things you may not know about in our reforms was we not only changed collective bargaining to get reasonable health care contributions, we changed collective bargaining in our state so there's no longer seniority or tenure. we can hire and fire based on merit, we can pay based on performance, we can put the best and the brightest in our classrooms, and we can pay them to stay there! [cheers and applause] we're the ones who care about education. we're the ones who want our children to go forward. [applause] you see, that's about being relevant, about being relevant. and sometimes we concede the argument to the other side. we're the ones who care about fixing things. we're the ones who actually care about putting more money in the classroom. not only did we change seniority and tenure, we changed things so that our schools could bid out their health insurance, that's money that goes right back into the classroom. in america we need to talk about things that are relevant to where people are, and then we need to provide solutions to do that. so we need to be optimist
be permitted to make technical changes to the resolution as necessary consistent with adoptions of the senate amendment including calculating the associated change under section 104 and incorporating the effect of such adopted amendments under the budgetary aggregates of section 101 for federal revenues, the amount by which federal revenues should be changed, deficits, public debt and debt held by the public. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mrs. murray: i ask unanimous consent the following members of my budget committee staff be granted full floor access for the duration of the consideration of s. con. res. -- john rider and rick jones. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mrs. murray: finally, mr. president, i ask unanimous consent the period of debate for economic goals and policy under section 305-b of the congressional budget act occur on march 21 at a time to be determined by the two managers. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mrs. murray: thank you, mr. president. we are now on the floor of the senate with the budget. i want to
in the economy, globalism and the changes that it's brought, in addition to all of that, here's one more thing you're going to have to do. you're going to either have to offer health insurance of a certain kind or you're going to owe the i.r.s. a fine. i promise you, that's not the kind of stuff chamber of commerces put on their pamphlets when they try to attract businesses to their communities or their states. this is not going to help in job creation. the tax hikes are a big problem. it's especially bad for small businesses. because they have this arbitrary number of people with 50 employees or more have to do certain things. okay. so what do you think a lot of businesses are going to do? i know people. they've already told me about this. what they're going -- if you have 51 employees, this is a huge incentive to only have 49 employees. so you think about that for a moment. if you own a small road paving company with 50 full-time employees or 51 full-time employees, you sit down with your accountant to do your math for next year, your accountant is going to tell you, by the way, if you get r
't change the debt course at all. earlier this year, mr. elmendorf, the director of the office of the congressional budget office, testified before our budget committee. and mr. elmendorf is an excellent scholar and a man who has managed the money of the budget well, and mr. elmendorf is -- mr. president, i'm having a little trouble concentrating with the roar going on in my background. the presiding officer: the senate will be in order. mr. sessions: like to keep it down a little bit. so mr. elmendorf told us at the budget committee that we are on an unsustainable path. okay. this is after the budget control act, after we reduced the growth of spending $2.1 trillion, and that includes the sequester, after we did all that, this year he told us we are on an unsustainable debt course. that this is a danger to america and you have to get off it and we need to make further changes to get on the right course. so we've looked at this budget, and we thought that the committee, who called him, listened to him, and we wanted to see if that budget that's on the floor actually helps us ge
wish to vote or wish to change their vote? if not, the ayes are 44, the noes are 53. the amendment is not agreed to. under the previous order, -- without objection, so ordered. under the previous order, the question is on the adoption of s. res. 64. all those in favor say aye. all those opposed say no. the ayes appear to have it. the ayes do have it. the resolution is adopted. under the previous order, the senate stands in recess until >> consideration of a house bill, to consider government funding on this fiscal year. live coverage the senate when members return at 2:15 here on c-span2. and, as, said earlier, the house this week is taking up a bill to continue funding the government, house speaker john boehner, addressed that during remarks earlier today at capitol. here is bit what he had to say. >> the house our goal is to cut spending, not to shut down the government. we'll move the cr this week. we would hope the senate would take the bill up and move it quickly. the president on friday, agreed that there is no reason to get into some debate about shutting down the government
clark, knick -- nike wondering how sustainable their business is. and they are making serious changes. and "the lorax" is the perfect example how they are seeing their businesses. many companies have a achieved sustainability officer and calling it sustainability and innovation. nike's new watch word is that they are decoupling growth from scarsty in resources. that's just perfect for "the lorax." the chief sustainability office spoke last week at clinton global initiative and said again and again and again, we're decoupling growth from scarsty of resources which is exactly "the lorax's" issue. growth, growth, growth, growth, but scarcity of resources destroy the business. what nike is doing, we cannot continue to make our products out of resources that are increasedly -- increasingly scarce with a world population growing from 7 to 9 million people, with our moving forward using 1.5 -- one and a half times the planet's resource which is the direction we're moving in. it's unsustainable as a business model. so looking to the future, and what nike is saying to their supply chain and to
tomorrow. this week they'll consider changes to the welfare to work program and consolidating federal job training programs. we'll have live coverage of the senate today at 2, see the house live tomorrow on c-span. >> one of the things that an early american wife was taught to do, she supported her husband's career usually through entertaining. dolly was both socially adept and politically savvy. so she could structure her entertainments in such a way that she could lobby for her husband under the guise of entertaining. she also thought it was very important to create a setting in the white house almost like a stage for the performance of her husband and the conduct of politics and diplomacy. >> first lady dolly madison. we'll follow her journey from a young quaker widow into the wife of the fourth u.s. president, james madison. we'll include your phone calls, facebook comments and tweets on dolly madison tonight at 9 eastern on c-span and c-span3, also on c-span radio and c-span.org. >> we continue with lessons learned from the columbia space shuttle accident ten years later. in the next
or wishing to change their vote? if not, the vote is 48 yeas, 50 nays. the motion to table is not agreed to. a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: is there further debate? if not, the question is on the amendment. those in favor please say aye. those opposed. the ayes appear to have it. the ayes have it. the amendment is agreed to. a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from oklahoma. mr. inhofe: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent to set the pending amendment aside for consideration of amendment -- ms. mikulski: mr. president, the house is not -- the senate -- the house is not in order. the presiding officer: the senate will please come to order. mr. inhofe: thank you very much. ms. mikulski: i know there is a lot of gloating. i don't mean yours, sir. mr. inhofe: thank you. mr. mikulski: could we kind of keep it quiet so senator inhofe could offer his amendment? mr. reid: mr. president? the presiding officer: the majority leader. mr. reid: would my friend yield so i can make a brief statement? you will get the floor when i finish. mr. inhofe: yes. mr. re
increases were linked to the employment cost index, but in 2004, the department changed that to use the employment cost index plus 0.5%. this is added a whole another layer of cost to the dod base. for the past or two or three years congress has been having to repeal the benefits. to increase the copay for tricare, but politically it's difficult. you will understand better than me to change the benefits and so far there is no likelihood of major reforms. and finally, on this point the pentagon has a retirement system in place in which we only pay servicemembers who have served for twenty years. if you pay for -- you serve for nineteen and a half years, you don't get anything. which means in the old volunteer force, the vast majority of iraq and afghanistan troops will not qualify for pensions through the defense department. in my theory is that one of the reasons for the huge pressure on the disability system that troops get out -- i work with a large number of active duty and veteran troops. i have about twenty that work for me. they serve for several years, they serve three tours,
needs to get to fundamental changes, to get to this new health care system you're describing, but it's got to do very carefully without being disruptive. the corollary to that is we're going to muddle through all this. is not going to be a simple boom that we're going to get to overnight. now be a whole lot of things that happen along the way that are step forward. there are steps back and will hopefully find out that the right path sooner or later. i think things that could help us get there, and by the way, i'm an optimist. we are going to get there. technological imperative, nothing that americans care about more than the health and the health of their loved ones. and we will find a way to get there. it just may be a mess and take a well. so things that could help in getting their if congress does actually get to a longer-term vision of where we could go, on the other hand if they don't have to get a whole lot of new savings in the short term for medicare, this may be a time where the pressure caused by the long-term deficit outlook could spur some action but there's no question,
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